W. W. BROWN, a rancher living near Porterville, Tulare County, California, was born in Jefferson County, New
York, November 13, 1852. His father, William A. Brown, was a school teacher by profession and a very bright and
clever man. He came to California in 1855 and opened one of the first schools in Tulare County, at Camel Crossing
on King's river. In 1857 he brought his family to this State and settled in Visalia, where he continued teaching.
W. W. Brown gained his education in early life. At the age of fourteen he left school and began his own support,
taking up the light work on sheep and cattle ranches and the more active duties of vaquero as experience and strength
increased. He was also foreman of the large sheep ranch of L. M. Bond.
Mr. Brown was married, at Visalia, in 1876, to Miss Rosalia Ford, daughter of J. P. Ford, a pioneer of 1856, and
after his marriage settled in Porterville, where he remained until 1879. He then removed to Frazier valley and
homesteaded 160 acres of land and followed farming, and teamed to Hanford and Visalia. He rented additional land
and cultivated annually about 250 acres. In 1888 he bought twenty acres in the Pioneer Land Company's first subdivision,
but resided upon his ranch until 1890, when he sold out and moved to Porterville. He is now devoting his time to
the improvement of this place; cultivating vines, fruit and alfalfa. He was elected road overseer in 1888, but
his life has chiefly been spent in ranch industries. Mr. and Mrs. Brown have three children: Ralph W., Roy Ford
and Lahalla Arlett.
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